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i need to regear my 3.0 whats ur input?

im running 265/75/16
do you think 4.88 is to much for my 5 speed 3.0? or would 4.56 be enough. i off road but i also travel highway alot more. i have no acceleration and feel the power being sucked out thru the tires.

will my stock axel take it? ill get the numbers tomorow.

should i go up to 8.8 rearend?

isnt there a regear calculator somewhere? i can find it

isnt there an almost complete swap out with a exploer?

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NEVER, EVER regear a 7.5

If you you need to regear get an expo 8.8. That way to upgrade to discs, 31-splines, and you aren't wasting any money. Go with 4.56s if you plan on never lifting or going up tire size, if you plan on doing so i nthe near future wait to regear to 488s
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I'm already on a bl and was thinkn bout 35 but probably won't be for another year or more. What numbers do I need to look for?

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How about this? I know its 4.10s not 4.56 and its cheap. How much would it cost to rebuild it? Could I keep it under $100


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to replace spider gears your looking at least 80 bucks just for those.
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If you are gonna axle swap might as well go with a 8.8 31-spline with disks. In my world, if I have the truck up and out of commission I am going to do as much to it as possible in that time. For example, in January I am putting front lift on, while I have the weekend off ant the truck is parked I am going to do an Expo rear disk swap. The only advantage to the 8.8 28-spline from a Ranger is you won't have to get the spring perches swapped.

As for price. You can get the axle on the cheap. Like $100 from an old Expo. Then you will need to get the brakes all redone. New pads, rotors, cables, springs. Then you need to paint it up. Then you need u-bolts and backing plates. Then you need new spring perches and have them welded on if you can't. Then you need D35 IFS gears, and 8.8 gears. I would go with 4.88s if you plan on eventually running 35s within the year. Your gas mileage is gonna suck till then though. To have the front and rear diff regeared it will run around $800-$1500. Assuming that you don't have the tools and knowledge to do it yourself. It is not exactly something a backyard mechanic can do.

At the end of the day it will run around $1500 total. And no, you cannot have different gears in the front and back. They have to match.
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So o have to regear the front also?
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unless u plan on never using the 4x4!
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Damn looks like I'm gonna be driving around a turd for a while. I better get to polishing then.)
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regearing a 4x4 isn't cheap lol. im running 33s with 4.10s and its not bad but 4.56 would be ideal for 33s. 35s id go 4.88
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i dont know your stock gears, but 265 aren't too bad probably. i had 4.10s with 33s on my truck and they were still pretty good, but if you are moving up to 35s, 4.88 will be a must
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4.56 for 33's
4.88 for 35's
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